Even on a night when three of its shows hit low ratings marks — two series lows and a season low — NBC came out with a win for prime time Tuesday night, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that "The Voice" fell three-tenths of a point from a week ago to a season-low 2.8 average in adults 18-49 — still the highest-rated show of the night on broadcast. Meanwhile, "About a Boy" slipped two-tenths to a series-low 1.8 and "Growing Up Fisher" ticked down one-tenth to a series-low 1.5.
NBC's "Chicago Fire" came back from hiatus with a 1.9 average in 18-49, matching the show's previous original installment. NBC's average for the night, a 2.1, was just enough for a narrow win over CBS, with a 2.0.
CBS aired two fresh shows, with "NCIS" climbing two-tenths from last week to a 2.6 in viewers 18-49 and "NCIS: Los Angeles" slipping one-tenth to a 2.3. A "Person of Interest" rerun at 10 p.m. managed only a 1.2.
Univision, ABC and Fox all came in well off the pace set by NBC and CBS, with Univision edging its English-language competition for third place. ABC saw its "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fall three-tenths from last week in the 18-49 demo to a new series low, a 1.7.
ABC's comedies also struggled, with "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" both matching their series lows. "Goldbergs" fell one-tenth from a week ago to a 1.4 in 18-49 and "Trophy Wife" lost two-tenths to a 0.8. A "Resurrection" repeat at 10 p.m. settled for a 0.5.
Fox came in fifth among the broadcast nets, as "Glee" ticked up one-tenth from last week's series low to notch a 1.0 in adults 18-49, while back-to-back episodes of "The Mindy Project" registered a 1.0 and a 1.1 — flat and up one-tenth, respectively, from last week.
For prime time overall, NBC led the 18-49 demo with a 2.1, followed by CBS (2.0 average), Univision (1.2), ABC (1.1) and Fox (1.0). CBS took a big win in total viewers with 13.2 million, trouncing NBC (8.1 million), ABC (3.4 million), Univision (3.0 million) and Fox (2.6 million).